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K-9 snared in traps set at marijuana grow site

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Aug 06 2014 11:14:26 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 04 2014 05:25:19 PM CDT
Generic: Marijuana plant

Federal authorities claim an illegal marijuana grow in Whiskeytown National Recreation area in Shasta County was outfitted with several traps, one of which snared a law enforcement canine who was assisting in a bust.  The raid ended with the arrest of Pedro Sanchez.

According to the criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the raid happened July 30 at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.  Law enforcement officers eradicated 731 plants from the site.  

Officers located a pit that was more than five feet deep that contained 16 sharply pointed sticks affixed to the floor.  The surface of the pit was camouflaged with tarps and leaves.  

Investigators also found four wire snares around the cultivation site.  One of them ensnared a law enforcement canine.  

Agents discovered several rounds of ammunition inside one of two pop up tents and several knives.  Authorities said they saw Sanchez trying to discard a six-inch knife just prior to his arrest.  Also found around the site were several bags and jugs of fertilizer and insecticides, an extensive irrigation system and a jar containing a bear claw and nine bear teeth.

Sanchez faces a charge of conspiracy to manufacture at least 100 marijuana plants.